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NMSU Hotline — February 23, 2017

NMSU Crimson Research helps organizations improve health services, community outreach

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At New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services is a research center that may be in the running for one of the university’s best-kept secrets.

Because of several projects Crimson Research has taken on over the past year, that secret is no longer a well-kept one. In fact, the center participated in grant writing and will receive a subcontract to perform a program evaluation that is part of a $2.8 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant awarded to Doña Ana County. The grant will help the county implement a pilot program that will improve mental health care services and potentially keep mentally ill persons out of jail.

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Campus Announcements

Free blood pressure screenings today

Today is the final day of the Campus Health Center’s National Heart Month’s Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic. The Health Education team will be providing mobile screenings in the Branson Library lobby from 12 to 1:30 p.m. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. It's never too early or too late to check up on your heart health; don't miss out on a chance to know your numbers this month.

For the full Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic schedule, visit the Campus Health Center’s Facebook page @nmsu.hc. For additional questions, please feel free to contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu.

Americana cuisine at 100 West Cafe

Join 100 West Cafe for lunch today through Friday, Feb. 24, for Americana-themed cuisine where you can enjoy meals prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of chef John Hartley.

Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature New England clam chowder, iceberg wedge with blue cheese or pasta salad. The main entrée choices are beef pot roast, Maryland chicken, herb-crusted pork loin or creamy pulled pork pasta with caramelized onions. For our vegetarians, we will omit the pulled pork for the pasta entrée. The sides for this week are oven fries and green beans. Your dessert choices are apple pie, New York cheesecake or key lime pie. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and appreciate your support.

The HRTM 363 students are looking forward to serving you. We hope to see you for our first week of lunches.

Gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138 in $10 increments. They are a great idea for any occasion and do not expire until 2020.

For more information, please visit our website at http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-5995.

Physics colloquium 'Recent Advances in the Physics of Baseball' to be held today

The Department of Physics presents a colloquium by Alan M. Nathan, professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois, about "Recent Advances in the Physics of Baseball" from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Gardiner Hall, Room 230.

Nathan will describe some superb new tools that allow detailed studies that were not available to Bob Adair at the time he wrote his classic book The Physics of Baseball more than 20 years ago. The advances have come in two broad areas: The aerodynamics of a baseball in flight and the physics of the ball-bat collision. Not only have these advances furthered our understanding of the physics, but they have also had a practical application to the game itself. Several examples are the relevance of the batter's grip; optimizing the batter's swing; the Denver effect; the effect of spin on the flight of a baseball; and batting and thinking.

The talk will be sprinkled with amusing high-speed videos and anecdotes about our national pastime. So, the talk should have something for everybody, whether your interest is primarily physics, baseball or the intersection between them. For more information contact burkardt@nmsu.edu.

NM State opens final homestand with Utah Valley

The Aggie men's basketball team returns to the Pan American Center this week to take on Utah Valley and Seattle U. New Mexico State will host faculty and staff appreciation night tonight at 7 p.m. as the Aggies battle the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Aggies will honor all the 3.0 GPA student-athletes. New Mexico State athletics currently has 238 student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher and nearly 75 percent of student-athletes graduate from New Mexico State. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1420.

American Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU opens a new play this week

American Southwest Theatre Company and the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts opens "TRUTH DARE. . ." by Tori Kennan Zelt today. Thirteen-year-old friends Hannah, Linney and Maeve live in a world of secrets, loves and backyard ghosts until a traumatic accident forever changes their lives. The show features all student actors and is directed by Associate Professor Larissa Lury. A special preview at 5:30 p.m. today features 2-for-1 tickets for faculty and staff and a post show chat with the cast and the creative team. The show runs through March 5. Purchase your tickets one hour before showtime at the ASNMSU Center For The Arts Box office or call 575-646-1420 or go to http://www.nmsutheatre.com for more information.

Computer Science Colloquium to be held Friday

Tung Nguyen, a computer science faculty candidate, talks about how mobile app developers use software analytics to improve user experience and attract new customers. The colloquium will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Science Hall, Room 107. For more information, contact the Computer Science Office at csoffice@cs.nmsu.edu.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

David Benson, director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, will present a Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar, “Eliminating the 'Scale Effect' from Reactive Transport Simulations: A Purely Lagrangian Particle Tracking and Reaction Method Applied across Core- to Field-Scales at the Schoolcraft (MI) Aquifer Bioremediation Experiment,” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu.


Red to Green Financial Wellness Workshop set for Friday

Red to Green Financial Wellness Workshop Secrets to Winning Scholarships will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Domenici Hall, Room 005.

School is expensive. But did you know, you can get free money for college – scholarships, scholarships, scholarships. Learn the Secrets to Winning Scholarships and break free from debt, and financial burdens that college has to offer.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates and financial tips.

If you can’t make this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Wellness Coach by contacting us at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/ to submit a request online.


Microbiologist to talk about H. pylori and stomach cancer on March 10

The NMSU-Fred Hutch Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research is hosting Nina Salama, a microbiologist from the Human Biology Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. Salama will present the seminar "Helicobacter pylori and stomach cancer: How does a bacteria cause cancer?" at 6 p.m. March 10 in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 194 (Auditorium) on the NMSU campus.

Helicobacter pylori infection is the major risk factor for stomach cancer, the third leading cancer killer worldwide. They study how this bacterium diversifies its genome and maintains helical cell shape, two adaptations that allow colonization in the unusual environment of the human stomach. They also explore the molecular cross talk between host and bacterium during chronic infection that drives disease. This presentation is open to the public and the NMSU community. Salama will be available for questions after the seminar. For more information, contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

Take the Master Plan Survey

Facilities and Services has just released the NMSU Master Plan Survey as part of its data gathering efforts for the 2017-2027 Master Plan. The survey, which is four questions in length, is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members at http://masterplan.nmsu.edu/. Please join the conversation about your future campus.

Employee Council election results announced

Employee Council recently filled several vacancies in its membership. Congratulations to new council members, Shawna Arroyo (ICT), Jennifer Chandler (ICT), Louis Sandoval (Athletics), Sonia White (DACC Learning Technology Center), Cassie McClure (University Advancement), Tim Darden (NMDA), Thaddieus Conner (A & S - Government), Stephanie Carter (Library) and to reelected members Linda Beavers (NMSU Alamogordo) and Dario Silva (Employee Assistance Program). Each of them will serve a three-year term in their new role, and deserve our thanks for their interest and involvement on behalf of all university employees.

Continuing regular members of the council (with one or two years remaining in their terms) include Keith Mandabach (ACES – HRTM), Julie Correa (ACES – HRTM), Sam Smallidge (CES), Tammara Chaffee (DACC Radiologic Technology Program), Kim Allbright (NMDA), Samantha Lish (UAR), Monica Dunivan (Military and Veterans Programs), Bertha Gomez (NMSU Carlsbad), Katherine Landers (CES), Adam Cavotta (EVPP), Gina Franks (NMSU Police Dept.) and Craig Ryan (NMSU Police Dept.). Continuing alternates are Igor Dolgov (A & S – Psychology), Tamara Gantzler (Education – C & I), Lynn Lewis (DACC Early Childhood Education), Robert Macy (Business – Management), Roseanne Bensley (Career Services), Miley Grandjean (EVPP – IIQ), Jeffrey Harvey (NMSU Police), Claudia Estrada (NMSU Carlsbad) and Naveen Puppala (AES).

The council thanks those members and alternates leaving our membership for their service over the past several years: Hiranya Roychowdhury (DACC Sciences Program), Gregory Block (Housing and Residential Life), Rosa De La Torre-Burmeister (DACC Center for Career & Student Success), Teresa Diaz (AES), Monica Lopez (Engineering College), David Schoep (Environmental Health & Safety), Sonja Koukel (CES), Rose Peña (NMSU Alamogordo), Karen Reid (NMSU Alamogordo) and Bill Harty (Procurement Services). We hope each of you will continue to be involved in council activities as you can.

NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center partnership call for proposals

Funds are available for two levels of collaborative research: pilot and full projects. The goal of the NMSU/Fred Hutch U54 PACR partnership is to continue to build upon increasing cancer research capacity at NMSU and to increase knowledge and attention to cancer-related health disparities at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The Letter of Intent is due Friday, April 14, at 6 p.m. MT. Proposals are due Monday, July 31, at 6 p.m. MT and the start date is September 2018.

Download the RFA and proposal application forms at http://cancer.nmsu.edu.

For more information contact Graciela Unguez at gunguez@nmsu.edu or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.